by Tai Justice
The 1-5 Salt Lake Bees welcomed the 3-3 Tacoma Rainiers to Smith’s Ballpark on Thursday night to start the second six-game home series in the young season for the Bees. The losing streak continued as the Bees lost to the Rainers 15-5 at Smith’s ballpark.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Dillon Thomas let the Bees know early on the type of hitter he is as he blasted a solo homer in the top of the second to give Tacoma a 1-0. Designated Hitter Anthony Bemboom gave the Bees an early 2-1 lead on a two-RBI triple in the second. Taylor Trammell, who’s currently batting over .600 on the short season, singled to enter in the top of third for the Rainers and just like that it was 2-2.
The Bees quickly reclaimed the lead behind Brandon Marsh (who was making his Triple-A debut) and Jake Gatewood. They each connected on their first home run of the season to give the Bees a 5-2 lead going into the top of the fifth inning.
Tacoma tied the game in the sixth before exploding for 10 runs in the top of the seventh. It was the most runs ever allowed in a seventh inning in Bees franchise history.
The scoring frenzy went like this: Dillon Thomas RBI double, Sam Travis RBI single, Jack Mayfield RBI single, Cal Raleigh RBI double and finally Taylor Trammell 3-run home run to make it a 15-5 win for Tacoma and that would be the final score of the game.
The loss pushed the Bees to 1-6 and Tacoma to 4-3. Game Two of the six-game set for Friday night back at Smith’s Ballpark.
Friday, May 14, 2021
Bees 6, Rainers 4 would be your final, as the Bees improved to 2-6 on the season. The Rainers fell to 4-4.
The Friday night game didn’t start out much better for the Salt Lake pitching staff as Tacoma pushed two across in the top of the first inning behind Dillon Thomas. He continued the hot start to the series. The Bees tied the game in the bottom of the first behind top prospect Jo Adell’s fourth home run of the season.
It was a 2-2 before some of the late arriving Friday night crowd had even found their seats. Adell wasn’t done there as he bashed three hits on Friday night. He ended the game only a triple away from the cycle and three total runs scored.
Anthony Bemboom, whose bat has taken off this series, hit his first home run of the season on a blast to right field to give the Bees a 4-2 lead. Andrew Wantz got the nod for the Bees and pitched well. He threw for four innings and only allowed two before the Bees turned to the bullpen. AJ Ramos pitched before turning it over to Jose Quijada who picked up a six-out save to close out the game for Salt Lake.
Saturday, May 15, 2022
Tacoma fell just short and Bees 8, Rainers 7 would be the final score.
It didn’t take long for there to be action in Saturday night’s game as Tacoma played four runs in the first inning behind three RBI singles from the top of their lineup. Sale Lake immediately began to chip away as Brandon Marsh scored on a Keon Wong RBI double in the bottom half the first inning. Keon Wong’s big night was just getting started as he drove in Marsh again in the third to cut the deficit in half and make it 4-2 Tacoma after three.
Taylor Trammell continued his ridiculously hot start to the season by blasting a solo shot to center field to make it a 5-2 ballgame in the top of the fifth. In the bottom half of the inning however, the Bees bats struck again and Wong was right in the middle of it. He crushed a ball to deep right center field for his third hit of the night and his first homer of the season. Another homer run from Preston Palmerio cut the Tacoma lead to one.
Anthony Bemboom got his big night going in the sixth as he blasted one into the Sale Lake City night to deep right field to give the Bees their first lead of the night at 6-5. Wong continued to crush the ball, doubling to deep right center before Bemboom launched another ball into the stands. Just like that it was 8-5 Salt Lake. Tacoma would threaten again in the top of the ninth behind a Trammell rocket of a two RBI single to make it 8-7. However, the Rainers rally would fall short.
The Bees were able to sneak out their third win on the season and second in a row to improve to 3-6, while the Rainers fell to 4-5.
Sunday May 16, 2021
Sunday’s matinee kept the theme for this series going as there were fireworks in the first inning for the fourth straight game. Kean Wong remained scorching hot from the night before as he opened up the game with a home run to center field, giving the Bees an early 1-0 lead. Wong extended his hit streak to nine games. Scott Schelber started off his historic game on Sunday with a blast to deep right field and we went into the third with a 2-0 Salt Lake lead.
Salt Lake would put up a crooked number on the scoreboard in the third, scoring and making it a seven point lead for the Bees after three behind Schelber hitting his second homer on the day. This one is was a three-run shot to center field. The Bees led 7-0 after three and it seemed like they were on track to coast to their third straight win.
Tacoma didn’t go away lightly though, as they would score five runs in the fifth and sixth innings. They were behind another home run from Taylor Trammell and timely hitting as they strung together four straight singles in the sixth. After a Jack Reinheimer RBI single, ir was a 7-5 ballgame.
It didn’t stay 7-5 for long though. Scott Schebler hit his 3rd homer run of the day. He blasted this one to deep right center field, giving the Bees an insurance run and also making him the fourteenth player in Salt Lake Bees history to hit three home runs in the same game. The three home runs give Schebler four this season. This ties teammate Adell and five others for the Triple-A West home run leaderboard just 10 games into the season.
Tacoma would threaten again in the top of the ninth, but it was too little too late as the Bees were able to once again hang onto the win. Bees 8, Rainers 7 was the final score. The Bees won their third game in a row on Sunday, improving them to 4-6 on the season. Game Five of this six game set is scheduled for Monday night with the pitching matchup still unknown.
Featured image courtesy Smith’s Ballpark